The Art of Trust
David marched into the Valley of Elah with the utmost confidence. He hears the ferocious barking of the enemy of his God in protest to this young man’s approach, but pays no attention. His focus was laser and the victory already before his eyes, as his fingers move over the edges of the smooth stone as he loads his sling. Well, you probably know how the rest of this story goes – with Goliath’s head being detached from his body!
Let’s pause for a moment. I want to reassure you; this is not another Christian story about overcoming your giants! There are enough of those teachings out there.
The Victory Already Won
No, I would like to focus on just one verse in the chapter that details this story. 1 Samuel 17.37 reads: “And David said, ‘The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go, and the Lord be with you!’” (ESV) David was absolutely certain that he would obtain the victory over this enemy of his God, because the way in which God prepared him for this moment!
As I am now in my third month of building this new business and doing something utterly new to what I have ever done in the past, it occurred to me – as God pointed it out in His soft and gentle way – how certain things that I have gone through in my life were a preparation for certain things that I am facing currently. Of course, we could really see this in a multitude of the things we encounter, however, I still found this to be a great comfort to me being in a situation that is greatly outside of my comfort zone.
David overcoming Goliath is indeed quite the feat, but then again, the same it true in defeating both a lion and a bear! David would turn out to be clearly a great warrior. So much so, that all of the Mighty Men, with their great exploits listed out in Scripture, submitted themselves to David and served him loyally!
The greatest attribute of David though, was the fact that his heart was utterly and completely after God! He trusted God to the utmost and that is why he walked confidently into that valley knowing that God was going to give him the victory.
I was very grateful to realize that God had already prepared me for certain aspects of the current battles I am facing. In truth, I would not be honest if I said I was either at ease or having an easy time. I’m actually facing a very difficult time at present; I’m in the vice-griped grasp of some grueling weeks. But, as I look back at how God has saw me through difficult situations in the past, that is what spurs the confidence to keep up the fight; indeed that is was deepens the trust! His faithfulness!
Yet, I want to be more intentional as well. As much as possible, I want to put myself into a position to be stronger and more prepared when the battles arise. Like Shammah, I want to be ready and well prepared to stand ground in my plot of lentils. If I am called to walk into a Valley of Elah, like David, I want to walk confidently and come out alive!
As such, one of the things I am currently focusing on is getting into a healthy and balanced system and rhythm of practice. I am establishing good routines to help me stay focused on getting better versus trying to force the desired result. Results will come only after you lift the iron! David had hours and hours of solitude and opportunities to practice his skill with the sling before the lion, the bear or the giant crossed his path!
Points of Focus
As I increase the intensity of my focus in “practice”, as I increase my consistency to enhance my study, skills and craft, here are a few quotes I am going to keep in front of me for the rest of this month.
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;Psalm 144.1 (ESV)
Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.Booker T. Washington
Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.Kobe Bryant
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.2 Timothy 2.15 (ESV)
Let us keep up the grind my sisters and brothers; but above all, let us keep our focus on the right things and our trust deeply rooted in Him!
Blessings to you and yours!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your discernment. Through all your ways know Him, and He will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3.5-6 (The Hebrew Bible)
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